Passan on Twitter broke the story that Christmas has come early to the Angels rotation: The Angels have signed LH pitcher Tyler Anderson to a three year contract for $39 Million dollars. Anderson had turned down the Qualifying offer of 1 year at $19 Million from the Dodgers.
When we last saw Mister Anderson (yes, Matrix reference), he almost no-hit the Angels at Chavez Ravine, save for a ninth-inning double down the line by Shohei Ohtani, whew, but hey, Perry saw something to like there!
He turns 33 on December 30 but was an All Star last season, has a 2.57 ERA (with a 3.31 FIP), 4.3 WAR, is good for 7 Ks per 9, strikes out 4 guys for every one he walks, The WHIP of 1.002 may have been padded a bit by Dodger Stadium’s pitcher friendly mojo but he played road games too. After his years in Coors Field we know he will love the Los Angeles Marine Layer of Anaheim.
DOWNSIDE: Since Anderson rejected the Dodgers’ Qualifying Offer of $19.5 Million, the Blueballs get Anaheim’s 2nd round draft pick and the Angels forego $500,000 of international signing money.
SLIGHTLY SILVER LINING: He is an innings-eating #3 after Sho and Sandy, and could save a hundred bullpen innings getting deeper into games.
He wore jersey number 31 for the Dodgers last year and as much as I would love to see the Angels retire that for Chuck Finley, why not give it to a thirtysomething lefty for a few seasons to see how much magic the old Fin-to-Win still has in it?